The Riddle of Amish Culture

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JHU Press, May 1, 2003 - Religion - 424 pages
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Since its publication in 1989, The Riddle of Amish Culture has become recognized as a classic work on one of America's most distinctive religious communities. But many changes have occurred within Amish society over the past decade, from westward migrations and a greater familiarity with technology to the dramatic shift away from farming into small business which is transforming Amish culture. For this revised edition, Donald B. Kraybill has taken these recent changes into account, incorporating new demographic research and new interviews he has conducted among the Amish. In addition, he includes a new chapter describing Amish recreation and social gatherings, and he applies the concept of "social capital" to his sensitive and penetrating interpretation of how the Amish have preserved their social networks and the solidarity of their community.


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CHAPTER 1The Amish Story
CHAPTER 2The Quiltwork of Amish Culture
CHAPTER 3Symbols of Integration and Separation
CHAPTER 4The Social Architecture of Amish Society
CHAPTER 5Rites of Redemption and Purification
CHAPTER 6Auctions Frolics and Gangs
CHAPTER 13Exploring Our Common Riddles
APPENDIX AResearch Procedures
APPENDIX BOld Order Amish Lancaster County Settlement Population Estimates 18802010
APPENDIX CEstimated Amish Population Old Order and New Order by State and Province in North America
APPENDIX DSettlements Originating from the Lancaster County Settlement 19402000
APPENDIX EScripture Texts for Amish Church Services in the Lancaster Settlement

CHAPTER 7Passing on the Faith
CHAPTER 8The Riddles of Technology
CHAPTER 9Harnessing the Power of Progress
CHAPTER 10The Transformation of Amish Work
CHAPTER 11Managing Public Relations
CHAPTER 12Regulating Social Change

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Donald B. Kraybill is Distinguished College Professor and Senior Fellow in the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College, Pennsylvania. Widely recognized for his work on Anabaptist groups, he has authored and edited many books, including The Riddle of Amish Culture and The Amish and the State, both available from Johns Hopkins.

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